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when you say no to the government. they have the ability to take everything. he talks to their own old beloved b. dot com email service about why he shot his company down after it was revealed n.s.a. leaker edward snowden accused. bradley manning's lawyer will appeal for a presidential pardon for the whistleblower who's been sentenced to thirty five years for revealing to us what klein. calls for an investigation in syria saying there's no confirmation of chemical weapons used as rebel fighters claim hundreds have been gassed on the outskirts of damascus.
news from russia under on the wall this is r.t. with me thanks for joining us. it seems it's not only whistleblowers now being steamrolled by exposed governments but also those who somehow eight of them in their task just days ago london police detained the partner of the guardian reporter who's been publishing edward snowden's revelations confiscating his computer and disks in the process while the u.s. based email provider love a bit has gone permanently offline its owner shut down the service after it was demanded to hundred over information about his customers following revelations snowden himself how to used it leveson says he doesn't want to perpetrate what he called a crime against the american people by corporation when the u.s. government and my colleague tries a talk to him about his decision. if i had continued to operate i felt like it
would have put me in a ethically compromising position. in other words the service no longer would have been what i intended it to be which was a secure and private method of communication for americans so you posted a message on line saying that you were in an impossible situation that either you would quote do you hear become complicit in crimes against the american people or walk away from a decade of your hard work what do you think you would have faced if you didn't shut down the service when you say no to the government. they have the ability to take everything they have the ability to take your business take your money and take your freedom and the really isn't all that much you can do about it. i was looking at the very real possibility of an impossible debt and possibly being put in jail and still not being able to tell people why i was even
in jail you wrote on the line that without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent that you would advise people users against trusting a company that has physical ties to the us why is that all of the major providers here in the us. have provided. our government with real time access to the private information of their users and they don't really have a choice about it and they don't really have the ability to tell anybody about. it so the fact is if you trust your data to a company even if they they haven't already been approached. and been required to provide access the simple fact is they could be in the future . so it turns out that any public e-mail service could potentially become a government agent it would mean the n.s.a.
would have almost no boundaries and that's exactly what the most recent declassified documents from the u.s. courts reveal apparently the n.s.a. illegally intercepted tens of thousands of pass no e-mails every year despite having nothing to do with terrorism or national security the violations took place between two thousand and eight and two thousand and eleven according to the court this data gathering violated the fourth amendment of the us constitution which bans and reasonable searches and seizures these latest revelations come hot on the heels of that series of expose aides regarding the n.s.a. with most of the leaks coming from edward snowden and earlier this month barack obama promised an independent and transparent probe into the conduct of the notorious surveillance agency. and staying with whistleblowers bradley manning is lord says he'll appeal for a presidential pardon after the man responsible for a massive revelation of u.s. war crimes was sentenced to thirty five years behind bars the prosecution wanted
mining jailed for sixty years but the judge at his court martial refused to hand down the maximum term he's going to take on has more. bradley manning supporters who gathered at the white house this evening say he sent bruce is unjust and unfair after all many who committed murder got away with less than thirty five years bradley manning has received a prison sentence that was ten years longer than the period of time after which many of the documents he released would have been automatically be classified bradley manning and his defense are submitting a request for a pardon the president of the united states has the power to pardon him and you see many people here wearing t. shirts and carrying banners that's a pardon bradley in his request for the president's pardon bradley manning talked about the post nine eleven age the age of the war on terror saying in the efforts to meet the wrists the u.s. has forgotten its humanity but will he manage to outweigh the desire of the government to make an example out of bradley manning to discourage future
whistleblowers bradley manning also has supporters who were somewhat relieved by the sentence the beasties not going to spend the rest of his life in prison as prosecutors wanted these lawyers say in ten years bradley manning will get a chance to be released on. there is hardly any chance president obama will pardon him really especially in the current environment that the government's crackdown on whistleblowers and environment where you have been you whistleblower edward snowden someone who was not discouraged by the party down so the government definitely doesn't want more people following suit as far as public support is concerned bradley manning has probably gained more support in the wake of edward snowden revelations more and more people are starting to realize that the government will always be trying to sweep controversial issues on the u.s. may have never left. rocky government where any of them immunity from prosecution is something that the obama administration is trying to negotiate around the same time bradley manning leaked all those are opening files president obama would have
not announced a review of n.s.a. surveillance programs if you weren't for edward snowden and whether or not that review is just the same. gesture is a question worth asking of course but still we wouldn't be even having those conversations if it weren't for them and the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not just naming sutra but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the actions that their government is taking on their behalf in washington i'm going to check out. to touch was one of the accidents who's been complaining in support of broccoli mining and he says the u.s. government has declared war on whistleblowers. it is quite extraordinary that bradley manning has got thirty five years for telling the truth and exposing us war crimes lies and cover ups while the people who committed these criminal acts have walked away scot free they have never ever been prosecuted it is
a notable fact that president obama has how often chased and prosecuted more whistle blows but even right wing republicans like richard nixon and ronald reagan that is a pretty damning indictment of president obama and his democratic administration whistleblowers are not criminals they are the canaries in the mine who warned us about danger they warned us about untruths about reality that people in power don't want us to know whistleblowers are central to them. and now that manning has been sentenced what ramifications will there be and we want to know what you think so had to r.t. dot com to take part in our ongoing paul and so far the majority of you think future whistleblowers will not be deterred by manning's fate roughly the same numbers of you believe this sentence will provoke
a major backlash with fresh leaks all that the public outcry will see my sentence reduced and so many of you around six percent of reckon the outcome of the whistleblowers court martial will stop others from blowing the whistle on god and life paul is waiting for you at r.t. dot com as always go and cast your ballot that. to live right on the same list search tree limb and hyperlink the term limits. on our reporters live their lives to live live and live. the u.n. security council says an investigation is needed into a negation of a deadly chemical attack in syria their position is accusing assad's forces of
gassing hundreds of people on wednesday that occasions have been refuted by the syrian government the details now from our new york correspondent marina fortnight . secretary general john ellison was also on hand at the closed door security council consultations he said that there is no confirmation of the use of chemical weapons and he says that this needs to be underlined meanwhile britain's foreign minister william hague said that the alleged attacks should be an eye opener for all those who support assad his comments leave no options open to the fact that an opposition or terrorist group who would be responsible for the allegedly use of chemical weapons now may be no coincidence the syrian opposition is making these allegations latest allegations against the syrian government just a few days after i team of u.n. inspectors arrived in damascus to examine previous suspected cases of chemical
weapon use in the war torn country meanwhile officials from the russian foreign ministry say that reports by biased regional media unquote about the alleged chemical weapon use near damascus might be a provocation planned in advance russian foreign ministry saving its sources said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances may have been launched from an area controlled by the opposition now the incident reportedly took place on her tori surrounding the syrian capital though the region on the outskirts of damascus is known for its opposition inclinations and has been the site of past clashes between government forces and the rebels experts say an al qaeda affiliate has had a long time presence there and the area has faced sustained military pressure for months. meanwhile tensions up flying high already before the u.n.
probes even begun the french foreign minister is threatened action should the security council fail to act while his turkish counterpart says all red lines have already been crossed in the growing violence and let's now bring it right to his agenda investigative journalist manual nice to see a welcome to aussie so once again the latest united nations security council meeting it was a rita rated that far investigation needs to be done or do you make of that. i think it was not surprising at all what we saw and we saw the u.n. security council meeting under a lot of more a lake and political pressure you could already will you take what he said about this incident so we see a lot of pressure but more interesting is that britain and france issued a letter to the general secretary where they also signed by the u.s. and thirty five other states u.n. member states where they come pain for an extension of the mandate of the u.n.
investigation team to research morrow and to get access to more military compounds and so on so what we see here and you should see this in the context of the past we see that they are searching for clarity in this case which is really a question of the reason we have a very questionable case i think almost all the experts say that this has to be investigated very clear before taking any action but we see in the past for example that the hunger blockade or which will stun by the rebel forces until today by the way are we see that the massive military of the kurdish population and their outcome province several weeks ago didn't force neither britain nor france nor that you want to push the un for more investigation so we see how one sided how one sided the west. it's in this context it's absolutely and we've already seen some
harsh comments from the french in take a short minutes does it why do you think why do they doing it now after all the probe hasn't even started yet. whether also we can see we can see in the context of the past that right now it's all about time the more pressure the more more red ink pressure and the more political pressure the faster political decisions shall be made and i think this is the background let us look back to one of this mission in the last period was the so-called houla massacre where on the syrian city of houla one hundred eight civilians were slaughtered i think it was to be end of may last year and the european states reacted very quickly let me say it in a very soon it version before of the bodies of the dead bodies so if we know when to call it the european states senate hope syria and messengers and close their embassies in syria later on it turned out that those one hundred eight victims were members of two families who were considered as pro-government been not as opposition so that was turned out of course by anti government forces but even then
when it came out by the way also confirmed by the u.n. so later on when it turned out not just one single western states took back those diplomatic punishment against syria so we see also to be it's all about time it has to be done very quick and the more turkey and france are pushing they expect that other western states will also very quick meanwhile of course the syrian government denies old allegations and they say that's hardcore time to distract the u.n. chemical team do you agree. i think this is one of the points but i think also it is to establish this u.n. investigator team to push them as we see it the nothing countries for example also as we witnessed in iraq before also in iran to push this investigation team also to go into too sensitive maybe maybe military compounds so if this you. an army where the syrian army will say no you don't get access to this or that compound which
might be then considered again by the west as a sort of provocation to try to push this conflict but let us see this in a very very long way this conflict the syrian army is doing a lot of progress with in the last month they are winning a lot of really important better it's against hostile militant groups so there is no lot she can lead for the syrian army to use any weapons of mass destruction or are chemical weapons. it won't be they don't have any interest and of course they don't have any benefit it's not the military interest not the military benefit and of course not a political one it's we see now because it's turned against the syrian government so there is no logic reason for them to use that right and right said john investigative journalist michael thank you very much indeed for your time thank you . this is on c.n.n. and still to come on the program while the main goal for many in egypt's revolution
was to see former president hosni mubarak behind bars report later that he needs it could be leaving prison within hours our correspondent explains why in just a few minutes. plus imagine having a job but with no idea when you'll want to call it even if you'll be paid that's the situation for a million of brits employed on zero hours contracts we'll bring you more on this after the break. what defines a country's success. faceless figures of economic growth. or a factual standard of living.
dramas that can't be ignored. stories others refuse to notice. faces change the world lights never. old picture of today's long life long distance from around the globe. looking. live from moscow it's good to have you with us let's move on now the urge to topple egypt's former dictator hosni mubarak was the key driving tools of the twenty seven
revolution but after being sentenced to life in prison for ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising under successful retrial appeal that followed the war could be freed from jail later today he will however be back in court within days for how the proceedings boettcher explains now how his relief became possible century the clock has been turned right back to two thousand and eleven this is for he started any of these trials so it's almost like he'd never been sentenced in the first place because he's already been in detention for several years they now can't keep him in before he's actually sentenced now with he has been in jail obviously because they've been other charges against him knew of charges in regards to to corruption now that he's been acquitted if they're used there's no reason to keep him in jail however he still have forty hours max for the prosecutor to basically appeal the decision to release him if they decide that he should be released and he will remain in jail almost see you know how long they'll keep him as the trial goes forward the reaction on the streets is being brought
largely mixed people here a kind of reeling from the situation in the last few days been basically in the bloodiest weeks in egyptian modern history in the fighting between mostly supporters and security forces. by that the fun of hosni mubarak could be three to the same time is almost too much for some revolutionaries here who's speaking to me and told me that what was the point of coming out of the streets two years ago what has been the point of fighting for justice and freedom and bread in the last two and a half years is the very person they started by to get is to be walking free we will see what happens as his trial is start to restart again on the twenty fifth of august at the same time as many other leading muslim brotherhood figures will also stand trial and somewhat ironic that these two that figure is it because it basically to be facing trial the same time but largely on the streets people are pretty upset that this much hated figure could be seen to be walking home. and kyra braised award winning journalist at heart says the situation in egypt has become so bad that the surprising news on mubarak's possible release has been pushed to the
sidelines. you have the president the democratically elected president in jail but i don't know there is a case against him and mubarak is going to be released it's kind of everything's been flipped over the news of his possible release was just a kind of cherry on top for everyone so much has happened so many people have died that mubarak has faded into the background a little for a lot of people when you think that it's been tried before which is the death of the protesters in eighteen days and then you compare the fact that a greater number of protesters died in one day last week kind of puts things in perspective for a lot of egyptians. and of course our web scene was always loading stories to our website for example we're already seen russians unexpectedly encounter tongue spots and even fun to dress in their everyday life but the holiday experience may well have been outsourced by school i should say by all these of beachgoers sonja could even one find out how bad it's serene sunbathing was
suddenly dispelled by the ruling engines going on with it. at all to dot com. and also there for you has washington's drone program keeps a flexing its wings over more and more countries force commanders find themselves short of stuff able to pilot the soaring fleet more details online. and growing army of one please in the u.k. are being left in financial limbo by a firm's increasingly using the controversial employment tock tick of the zero hour contracts these cyber reality police stop working under these conditions means they could end up penniless despite spending every waking hour at work. explain. you have a job but you don't know when you'll work or if you'll be paid that's the reality for a million brits employed on zero hours contracts donaldson's admitted that it employs
ninety percent of its u.k. workforce in this way stuff are expected to be ready for work in the mornings in case best summoned by their bosses they also have the right to refuse shifts crucially though there's no guaranteed minimum set of working hours per week hence the zero in the title of this man in his twenty's is almost zero hours contract with a well known restaurant chain every morning he waits for the call telling him whether or not he'll have work you've got really in charge of your own destiny as it were while you're while you're working to be able to say well we're not to make that much profit this week so actually we're going to try to do as minimum stuff as we can. you guys can all be caught. on three stuff this week is a completely one for the government have promised to investigate the controversial employment amidst concerns that leaving an increasing number of brits in financial limbo with few rights low pay and no stability or no guarantee of other jobs or wasn't making enough money to pay the rent was falling behind the number of zero
hours contracts has shot up during the recession some economists forecasts that employers will return to hiring workers on better terms when the economy recovers the trade unions are buying it in recent months and years we have started to see a growth of say roust contracts particular months public sector workers no longer are these small groups of workers who are employed on temporary casual employment now in some sites is this type of abusive employed ship is becoming the norm macdonald sports direct domino's and even buckingham palace zero hours employees they've been accused of exploiting people desperate for any kind of work it's part of the race to drive down the terms and conditions the pay of all working people fortunately big business is using the istari measures in the government economic crisis as an excuse to use these contracts but business representatives say that the financial crisis is forcing companies to use zero hours contracts so these
people would criticize contracts to recognize the impact that that would have on unemployment levels it's actually the flexibility that. wasn't available to employers i don't think it would be acting as the kind of employment stabilizer we're seeing it work out but terms of these contracts may suit the bosses but many of the young people on them say that while they're on the zero hours they've got zero chance of any financial stability. no i think they should so i think they should shouldn't think stream then they are because it was it doesn't happen that you don't have. expect that at some point you may do. not see london. half next for he counting through the spin of mainstream media it's i did not breaking the.
law. they say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and what obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stone incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel date just to show you how much your feelings are hurt let's not mistake this cancelled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really isn't a bold and possibly dangerous but a call message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or duck behind the short cocktail whenever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something
to look strong after the storm debacle but this grandstanding just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verda commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous bad luck i got so. i mean. i'm still the same thing really messed up. in the old very slow
motion with. the. worst you're going to see the white house or the. radio guy for a minute. close to have you ever seen anything like this i'm telling. you guys welcome to break in the set i'm abby martin an environment where real investigative journalism is in serious decline it's important to recognize those who go to great lengths to uncover the uncomfortable truths and that's why jeremy scahill is and work is so crucial is the same journalist who blew open blackwater's criminal. and now he's delving into even more dangerous territory to expose the scope of u.s. covert wars with his new book an upcoming documentary film called dirty wars take
a look. it's hard to say when the story began greetings from kabul afghanistan this was supposed to be the frontline in the war on terror with some name of the military but i knew i was missing the story there was another war hidden in the shadows. and i agreed. to see the two men in the guest house for the first people could. have been in those in the middle of that you saw the u.s. forces take the bullets out of the body. pretty ordinary were these men that stormed into those homes and why would they go to such horrifying likes to cover up their actions so to talk about the evolution of the u.s. foreign policy in the mindset that the. world is a battlefield i was joined earlier for an in-depth interview with investigative journalist and author of blackwater and dirty wars jeremy scahill. so if you're on the street if the us that were they'd probably say no obama and of the wars he drew down the troops but your book and film dirty wars clearly show that that is very far from the truth to talk.